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Growing with Science (m/f/d)

Growing with Science (m/f/d)

Field of Work:  Research & Development

Einbeck, Lower Saxony, DE

ID:  3981

Start at KWS - Growing with Science  
Together we address the growing global food demand.


The Growing with Science program is an entry door for ambitious scientists (m/f/d) who want to be part of KWS and have a vision on how the application of modern technologies could pave the way towards a world with more sustainable agriculture.


Population growth, climate change and shrinking per-capita acreage. 

Join in and solve these challenges with us. KWS spends as much as 18.5 percent of its revenue on research. Cutting-edge technology such as drones, robotics and satellite pictures increase our efficiency. “Smart or Digital farming” enables tailored cultivation of the field based on data analysis and digitally controlled machines. The future of agriculture is already here. Come and be a part of it.


What should you expect during the 2-year program?
The Graduate program consists of a 24-month limited contract with KWS Group: 12 months experiencing various research-driven areas and 12 months focusing on business-related areas such as strategy, business development or intellectual property. The 24-month program includes a 3 month assignment at KWS Gateway Research Center in St Louis, Missouri, USA should the conditions permit.
You will further your knowledge to our research activities and strategic thinking and have the sole responsibility of planning, overseeing and executing a project in a timely fashion. Having the chance to participate in diverse projects will allow you to get to know different aspects of KWS and further your understanding on how the business operates.


You will be matched with an experienced KWS employee who will act as your personal mentor and will support your personal and professional growth. 


Training & Development 
You will join an initial 4 week onboarding training where you will learn about how to think strategically, display leadership qualities, self-brand and integrate design-thinking into your work. During the initial onboarding you will also visit the KWS headquarter as well as our renowned R&D center, and state of the art breeding stations and have a front line experience by taking part in field work. You will also take part in Franklin Covey’s coveted training “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. This important training will lay strong foundations in your life journey and support you in adapting to change and taking full advantage of opportunities coming your way. 

KWS Graduate Community
Every 6 months during project intervals, you will get together with your fellow graduates and spend time sharing best-practices, personally meeting KWS leaders, attending trainings of your choice and getting to know your fellow graduates through exciting team projects. 


Why are you a good fit for our Growing with Science Program? 

  • You hold a PhD in Biology, Plant Biology, Bio Chemistry, Bio Informatics, Biotechnology supported by a strong interest in business/leadership topics. 
  • You are looking for your first full-time job experience in a company or you possess first work experience.
  • You would like to develop an in-depth understanding of our business. 
  • You are keen on joining a career in the agricultural industry and you are passionate about business/leadership topics.
  • You spent some time overseas doing study abroad, work abroad, internships, work & travel.
  • You have engaged in extracurricular activities such as taking part in political or non-profit organization, active membership with a student club, leadership experience in a university/community/work setting and/or engagement in a project. 
  • You possess strong intercultural skills. We are present in 70 countries around the globe, so working in multicultural teams and diverse environments is a key to your success. 
  • We are a global company, being fluent in English is mandatory, any additional languages would be an asset. 
  • You should be available for full-time work by September 2021 and be available for assessments January-April 2021.


This is what you can look forward to:

  • As a family-run company we are guided by the values of closeness, reliability, foresight and independence - this culture is lived in practice creating thus an open and friendly working atmosphere and a flat hierarchy.
  • We offer excellent work equipment (e.g. ergonomic workstations, air conditioning, high-end technical equipment, the newest laboratory equipment), flexible working hours, a fully-fledged, subsidized canteen and sufficient free parking spaces at the KWS location. 
  • We offer an attractive remuneration package, 30 days holiday, capital formation benefits, Christmas and holiday bonuses, childcare allowance, and a job bike.
  • True to our motto Make yourself grow, we support employees’ professional and personal development.


Ready to start a new journey with us? Draft up your CV, Cover Letter and any relevant certificates and submit them to us in English via our career portal. 
Please note: Only applications submitted in English and via our career portal will be considered. The application period ends in March 2021.


If you would like to have additional information check out our website: https://www.kws.com/de/de/karriere/absolventen-berufseinsteiger/growing-with-science/

About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. With the tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for more than 160 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, potato, rapeseed, sunflowers and vegetables. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods. 5.700 employees represent KWS in more than 70 countries. For more information: www.kws.com/career. Follow us on LinkedIn® at https://linkedin.com/company/kwsgroup/.

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